My next bit of exciting news is this:
Yes, I got accepted to the NY Marathon! This was my third year applying, and I was honestly just hoping to get my name automatically put in next year (it's the last year they give automatic entry to someone who applies and doesn't get drawn for three years in a row). But apparently third time's a charm, and I'll be going a year sooner than planned! I'm so excited to go back up to NYC, visit friends in the area, see where we used to live, and run through the streets of my absolute favorite city in the world. We're still not sure yet whether the entire family can come with me or not, considering that would require time off from school and money we may or may not have. But we have time to plan and are already getting offers for places to stay, and I'm super duper stoked! I'm working on my training plan now, and hope to share my weekly progress here. It'll keep me accountable and give me a great outlet if I get frustrated. I have 21 weeks, and plan to start my official training as of next week! It will pair well with a challenge we're doing at work called the Trainer Trim Down. I personally do not have a goal of trimming, but I'd like to build strength, muscle, and endurance. I look forward to the next few months to come!
And as per usual, I'll be running for Endure to Cure. It's my favorite cause to run for, and I like it because it's not like most pediatric cancer foundations. It is amazing how much money people raise towards cancer research and treatments, I'm in NO WAY knocking that. But I also think that these sweet sick children need some extra hope and a little bit of fun, just to get them through those hard times with a few awesome new memories. Endure to Cure provides "miracles" to the kids via special gifts and experiences. With all the amazing donations for my first marathon (thanks SO much to my awesome friends and family!), we were able to give a very special birthday party to a sweet little girl with brain cancer. For one day, she was on top of the world! I can't wait to find out what we can do for such a major race like this one!!! Visit my personal page to find out how you can help.
And on top of all of this, I'm strongly considering getting my Group Fitness Certification and teaching a few classes at the YWCA. Because I love them all there and apparently I don't have enough to do. Right?! Wish me luck over the next few months, they will by far be the most physically demanding months I've ever been through. I can come out rocking it, or I can crash and burn on a few things. Time will tell. Thanks so much for all the support, and I can't wait to share this difficult but hopefully awesome journey with you all!
Now I leave you with some gratuitous cuteness. Because it's been a while.
|Yes, they're eating ice cream. No, it isn't healthy. We all have our naughty moments!|